2016 Barbera d´Alba Bricco Del Cucolo, Castello di Verduno
Last time I tasted this gem was at the estate in March of last year and then I was really impressed by this Barbera. As I were on this evening.
Barbera from really old vines has a different character, not as direct and juciy and more akin to a Nebbiolo (without the tannins). The nose is deep and tight with notes of dark raspberries, old balsamico, licorice, bay leaves and undergrowth. Very complex and fine.
The taste is tight and handsome with a perky acidity and notes of violet licorice, raspberry chocolate, bonfire and iron. Very long. Really fine. Drinking beautifully today but will go on for 8+ years. In the same league as some of my favourite Barbera´s, see below.
93p (tasted 2020/11)
Giacomo Conterno - https://barolista.blogspot.com/2017/11/the-barolo-boys-visits-bartolo.html
Aldo Conterno - https://barolista.blogspot.com/2019/03/long-overdue-notes-two-visits-to-aldo.html
Vietti - https://barolista.blogspot.com/2017/11/the-barolo-boys-visits-parusso-vietti.html
Brovia - https://barolista.blogspot.com/2019/02/long-overdue-notes-barolo-boys-in.html